What is a Psycho-Educational Assessment?
If your child is identified as a student who is struggling in the classroom setting, a request may be made by the school to you to have your son or daughter “assessed”. This often comes as a surprise to the parents unless there have been indications in the annual school report card that the student is experiencing some sort of difficulty at school. What, in essence, the school is saying is that they want to help your child to develop strategies to overcome these challenges. In order to do this,the school needs to know the “baseline” for the student.
One of the ways to do this is through a psycho-educational assessment. This is a series of tests which produces a “profile”, or picture, of where your child has reached in terms of his or her intellectual, academic and social-emotional development. These tests are based on the answers from a “typical” group of same aged students as your son or daughter.